Friday, 5 May 2017

Life Lately

Life Lately - Instagram Shadowban

Hello Beauties! Today's post is a bit of a different one for me, but I realised I very rarely write about whats going on in my world, and thought I'd share a bit of what's been happening lately. You might want to grab a tea- it's a bit of a wordy one. As you probably noticed, I didn't post a lot in April and to be honest with you it's because I felt quite demotivated. Unless you have been living under a rock you will know that Instagram has gone through so many changes lately, and with all this unfollow/follow, algorithm and shadow ban business going down it left me feeling a bit demoralised!

When I realised that the shadow ban problem had affected my account I honestly couldn't believe it! (A shadow ban is where people who don't follow you can't see any of your pictures in the hashtag search but you can still see them - Kate Loves Makeup has a really good post on it here.) OK, I do treat my account a little bit more like a business account in that I use the same sort of hashtags and post at certain times of day, but it's mainly because I post pretty much 99% of the time about makeup and I want people to actually be able to see the pictures, I'm not a spam account! Anyway I'm just going to be honest and say that I actually got so upset I cried at the frustration! (Have since realised there are much bigger problems to have ha!)

The thing is, I know it's not about numbers, but it's so disheartening to put your heart and soul into something just for it to go unnoticed. I genuinely enjoy writing this blog and taking pictures for Instagram, so when you get recognition for doing something you love, it just makes it all the more amazing. The main thing for me is that at the, time Instagram was also the main traffic source to my blog, so that then suffered in turn. 

However wind on a month and now I feel like it has been a good thing for me. It's so nice not to have to worry about posting hashtags every time and it's made me realise what a great little community there is on Instagram. People have been so helpful (thanks Faye!) and while the situation sucks it's good to know people have been experiencing similar problems so you don't feel so on your own with it! I definitely want to do another favourite Instagram accounts post soon just to share the love back a little bit. 

In other news we go to Italy in just over 2 weeks; I have been buying a few new bits to wear and I'm so excited to be able to wear dresses and playsuits in the sun! We are travelling to the Italian Riviera for a few days and then we are driving back towards Pisa for a couple of nights to see Chris's family while we are over there (they live about an hour from Pisa). We've got a couple of hotels booked for a few nights although we did have to cancel one after reading a bit too much about it on Trip Advisor ha! 

I'm also soooo happy that Pretty Little Liars is back on Netflix, although I am seriously impatient to find out who A.D. is! Anyone who watches it - who do you think it is?! I seriously have no clue it's driving me crazy to have to wait week on week to find out. I've been watching Once Upon a Time every week too, it's a bit cheesy but I absolutely love it and I'm so sad it might be coming to the end! 

Anyway thanks for sticking with me through my little life ramblings, I hope you all have a fab day and enjoy whatever you're doing! I'm off to a party with Smashbox to launch their new standalone store today - pics to follow!

xoxo

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